Supreme Court Sides With DACA Recipients, Shuts Down Trump’s Bid to End the Program Protecting Young Immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC— Today the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the Trump administration cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, calling the bid “capricious and arbitrary” under the Administrative Procedures Act.

UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision that temporarily allows the more than 700,000 young people in DACA to remain in the country:

“Today the Supreme Court sided with the vast majority of Americans by protecting DACA recipients from President Trump’s inhumane mission to deport as many people as possible. This decision is a victory for DREAMers — and for the entire country. DREAMers are already home, building families, creating communities and helping lift up everyone in America. Today’s decision validates the need for Congress to act and deliver the lasting decision DREAMers and the millions of American families they are members of deserve. And today we celebrate the commitment and fight of young advocates across the country who have fought so hard to make today possible.”

More than 200,000 DREAMers work in industries deemed essential during this pandemic, including the 27,000 who are working on the front lines to confront the spread of coronavirus as medical professionals.

The vast majority of Americans, including a majority of Trump voters, want DACA to stay in place. If the Trump administration continues to try to end the program, it will tear up families and communities dependent on these young people who are Americans in every sense except for immigration status.

To find updated information on DACA and to see how you can help call on Congress to take immediate action to defend DREAMers, visit our webpage here.